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Can I trust local tour operators in India?

I am visiting India with my mother in October, nevertheless, we choose to book a tour because we will be two women travelling alone and I did not want to make my mother uneasy.

We have asked a few local companies for itineraries. Most suggest private tours... are these to be trusted?

How can I know if they are for real? (all the itinerary exchange has been via email)

Are their any tour operators that you can recommend?

Thank you!

14 Answers

answered by
Steve from San Francisco

A trustworthy Travel Agency in India

AAAwesome Trip with Pan India Tours! We have been two couples in India, this summer for 16 days. It was an incredible trip, visiting Delhi, Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Agra, Orchha, Khajuraho and Varanasi. Amit has planned a very nice travel itinerary for us including hotels, car with driver & guides. We have been in 4-5 star hotels, good level without reaching luxury, friendly service and some really precious. Amit has advised us good restaurants that have allowed us to keep our stomachs without problems caused by or spicy chili. We enjoyed the beauty of the Taj Mahal, the incredible temples of Khajuraho, the majestic Amber Fort in the beautiful city of Udaipur, the mysticism of Varanasi, the impressive forts of Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, the extraordinary Temple of Ranakpur, etc. . We visited houses in Jaipur and Khajuraho and Orchha school near, knowing as Hindus live.

It was amazing to meet the staff of Pan India Tours especially to Gaurav who is directors of operations at Pan India. He remained in touch with us throughout our tour and guided us very well. They are very friendly and honest people and we are thankful to those who had recommended to choose this wonderful Travel Agency.


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answered by
Bhaskar from Lucknow, India

I'd recommend that you book from a more trusted source. Expedia has a great selection of activities such as tours & day trips etc. 

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answered by
Robert from Dallas

You can check the credibility of the tour companies. The past clients must have shared their travel experiences, you can choose a travel agent based upon their services and client satisfaction.

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answered by
Gita from Mumbai

Hi Eunice,

I don't know what your itinerary looks like (locations, hotels, if you're flights are booked or not, how many days) so I won't go into details, as Robert suggests, why don't you look up reviews on the tour companies you have chosen, maybe on Tripadvisor or Thorntree. I would also suggest that you check with the hotels you're staying at to share names of local tour operators since safety seems to be your main concern.

You could take a look at for packaged tours, hotels and mode of transport. There's no way you can go wrong with them when safety is your concern.

Safe Travels!

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answered by
Vaibhav from Delhi

Eunice, I could understand the dilemma but there are few international organizations operating now in India and their services are pretty much trustworthy. I lately asked TUI India to help few of my friends plan their itineraries in the country and they did superbly and most importantly everything was well within budget. I believe you should get in touch with them. Moreover, lemme know if you want me to ask the same executive for your itineraries.  

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answered first by
Pawan from Delhi


Most of the tour operators are genuine. However to be on the safer side you can ask them to pay half the mony in advance and balance payment on arrival in India. This will save the interest of both parties.

Make sure, the bank details they are  providing you for the payment are genuine and it must be of nationalized banks.

Also by the way of corresponding, you might get a hint of the professionalism of the operators.  Some times they  try to wrap up things quickly. If they can properly address all your questions, then there is another reason to trust them.

last but not the least, if someone providing you very low prices for the same tour, there is something wrong in it. Normally there is a difference of 5-7% prices in the different tour operators.

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answered by
Alina from India

I will not say that Don't trust the local companies. I would say, whenever you booked your trip any on of the company. Go through their reviews and it helps a lot. 

answered by
Aradhya from Delhi, India

Hi Eunice Báez Sánchez,

It’s a perfect choice to book a package through tour orators they have an intimate knowledge of the country you wish to visit and the activities you want to partake in. they can get discounted rates that would otherwise be impossible for online individual bookings to achieve. They also have strong relationships with preferred suppliers and tourism partners which can help in reducing the overall cost of your holiday

Here I am listing some trusted online tour operators you can browse any one of them

answered by
Mohit from New Delhi, India

you could check with Le passage to India or Sita Travel kouni.

Both are the big players of inbount tours and most trusted company. 

answered by
navneet from Jaipur

i would recommend you Reliable tours which is in Jaipur ... you can trust on them :)))

answered by
Jasmine from Amritsar

Well, it depends upon the kind of Person the Tour guide is...

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Anthony from Vancouver

If you want safety and comfort you can book India tours with Canadian-based G-Adventures or Australian-based Intrepid (and travel with other westerners and make lots of new international Facebook friends afterwards) but they tend to charge much more than "doing it on your own".  A good compromise is to book with an Indian-based tour operator (I have met and known the owner Tej when he was an Intrepid tour guide.) who caters to western travelers.  There are some travel agents in New Delhi particularly in the Main Bazaar district (where many foreign backpackers stay)  who can help you plan an itinerary and buy you train, taxi, bus and hotel tickets, but they will double or even triple the face-value price.

answered by
Varun from Pune, Maharashtra

I wouldn't recommend a tour operator but would recommend using hotel services for local travel needs instead

answered by
Vikalp from New Delhi

Just try to enquire about their earlier activities. It would be really great if you can find some reviews about them before coming here.

If not, then please go for the trusted one's.

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